Beginner | 58 min 56 sec
Have you ever wondered how a professional artist begins a piece of work? For Rebecca Ringquist, expert visual artist and designer of Dropcloth Samplers, it begins in the sketchbook. Known for her samplers as well as her textured, stitched drawings on fabric, her sketchbooks serve as collecting tools - a place to write down ideas and gather pictures and patterns - as she nurtures the layers imagery to create abstract autobiographical artworks. In this class, Rebecca cracks open her sketchbooks to show us her process and walks us through three exercises to dive deep into thoughtfully layered and textured creativity.
Learn how to:
- Create background textture and negative space compositions
- Use printed fabric swatches to create repeat patterns
- Cut out shapes to spark new patterns
- Put your sketchbook to work towards future projects
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mixed media sketchbook, or found book - Rebecca uses Kunst & Papier Sketchbooks
- Ephemera, such as stamps, collage pages from old books, magazines, maps, etc.
- Fabric scraps
- Glue stick
- Paper scissors
- India ink or acrylic inks
- Ink pens
- Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
- Drawing pencils, eraser, and pencil sharpener
- Colored pencils
- Prismacolor Art Stix
Browse members' projects from this class and share your own work! Learn how to take great photos here.
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